October 5, 2022
This is your weekly newsletter featuring program spotlights, innovative resources, and training opportunities for the out-of-school-time industry in Florida. Together, we can ensure all children and youth in Florida have access to affordable, available, high-quality expanded learning opportunities to foster their success in school and beyond.
Happy World Teacher's Day!
Afterschool teachers prepare and inspire the next generation of leaders who are critical to our future. While many today are celebrating and elevating the teaching profession as a whole, we want to shine a light on the often unseen role afterschool educators and youth development workers play in our kids' learning journeys. We know more can be done to recruit, respect and retain afterschool professionals and invite our partners to be part of the solution. Join us on November 4, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. ET for a virtual workshop on Florida's Afterschool and Youth Development Workforce.

This week's spotlight is served to the afterschool program Aces in Motion located in Alachua County. 100% graduation rate AND a 100% postsecondary institution acceptance rate is a set win!
Program uses tennis to ace the graduation rate for East...

From youth tennis to Wimbledon, many tennis players grunt as they hit the ball. Scientifically it gives them an advantage. They hit more powerfully, have more confidence and find rhythm.One recent day, at the Alfred A. Ring Tennis Complex, the...

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National 4H Week: "Opportunity 4All" - ECB Publishing, Inc.

Laura Young ECB Publishing, Inc. The first week of October is National 4-H Week, and Jefferson County residents can join in many activities that are taking place to support the local 4-H program. 4-H is the youth development program of Florida...

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Four essential features to seek in an after-school program

David S. Fleming, Clemson University When it comes to after-school programs, there are all types from which to choose. But when it comes to finding a program that offers high-quality service and engaging activities that help children do better in ...

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5 Ways Cities Can Gear Up for Back-to-School Season

It's a New School Year in America's Cities: Back-to-school season is always an exciting time, including for city leaders and community members who are supporting all the learning, progress, and opportunities that students will experience in the...

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Uplift youth voices during Lights On Afterschool!

We are just three weeks away from Lights On Afterschool! Here is your weekly to do list: Distribute a media alert telling reporters about your event. Facing uncertainty about an element of your event? Review our case studies for expert advice...

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Sowing seeds: Young Urban Farmers fosters youth development

The West Broad Community Garden is showing off the last of summer's bounty. Peppers and tomatoes hang ripe from the vines. Okra makes a final push to put out pointy green pods. Towering orange Tithonia flowers welcome butterflies to perch on...

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Misty Copeland launches a program for kids to encourage...

Throughout her ballet career, Misty Copeland has worked to break racial barriers in the world of dance. She is doing it again - this time with an after-school dance program for children of color. The Be Bold initiative will "make ballet more...

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Mobile dentistry in Okaloosa Co. rolls out restorative...

DESTIN, Fla. ( WKRG) - Free mobile dentistry in Okaloosa and Walton County has an upgrade, now providing restorative care for kids with a new state-of-the-art clinic on wheels. The Children's Volunteer Health Network said 1 in 5 kids they treat...

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14 Fun Ways to Group Up Students - VentureLab

A huge part of entrepreneurship is working in teams, so it's helpful to have lots of ways to group kids. This list includes 14 great ways to make groups of all sizes, from partner pairs to large teams!

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You've Gone CEP, Now What? - Tips & tricks to maximize CEP

Want to make Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) a success? Join us on Thursday, October 6th at 1:30pm EST for a deep dive into CEP implementation. You will learn strategies and best practices to maximize the benefits of CEP. This webinar is...

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5 Ways to Counter STEM Stereotypes in Children and Youth

Scientists are "nerdy" or eccentric... STEM professionals are naturally gifted at math and science... Have you heard any statements like these before? Beginning at an early age, stereotypes like these have the power to influence children's...

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Supporting young people to engage at the intersection of ...

We are living through some challenging times-societies across the world have been battered by the COVID-19 pandemic, the climate is rapidly changing around us and making our planet less hospitable to human beings, technology is evolving at a...

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Policy Forum is now Virtual: Join us on Oct. 21, Oct. 28 and Nov. 4 at 10: 00 a.m. ET via Zoom
The Florida Afterschool Network’s second annual Public Policy Forum has shifted to a three-part, virtual series due to the impacts of Hurricane Ian.

Save the Date!
Lights on Afterschool will be Thursday, October 20, this year! This is the only nationwide event celebrating out-of-school-time programs and their important role in the lives of children, families and communities.

Mark your calendar!
Children’s Week Florida 2023 will be at the State Capitol, March 26 to 31! Children’s Week Florida is the largest event held in the state that celebrates and honors its commitment to children, youth, and advocates.

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